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Homework Help: Is this a feasible experiment?

  1. Jan 12, 2009 #1
    Is this a feasible experiment?!?!?

    Preliminary Proposal:

    Observing the Relative Strength of Chemical Bonds with Nitrogen and Nitric Oxide in Order to Determine the Ideal Compound or Element to Break and Form New Harmless Compounds as to Replace the Existing Pollutant - Nitric oxide

    One of the main sources of pollution in the world today is the oxidation of exhaust gases. Many large cities have a photochemical smog which is in the air, giving it a brownish tint. This smog is produced from the exhaust released by cigarettes, automobiles, and power plants. When the nitric oxide is released, it bonds with oxygen thus forming nitrogen dioxide; however intense sunlight makes the compound decompose back into nitric oxide and simultaneously freeing an extremely reactive oxygen atom which may form highly toxic ozone. This project will investigate other possible reactants that would produce a more stable compound (relative to that of nitric oxide) that would be harmless in order to successfully remove its being a threat to the environment. If this is found to be possible then it may be practical to release large amounts of this substance into the air at the proper rate to compensate for the amount of pollutant already existing, and yet to come, into the air. To verify whether a certain element or compound is capable of this and which one is best, one would compare and contrast reaction rates of their bonding with nitrogen and breaking the bonds of a fixed amount of nitric oxide.
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  3. Jan 12, 2009 #2
    Re: Is this a feasible experiment?!?!?

    oh, and hi mr. reeves in case you're checking this
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